Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should show he is “enjoying one of the best jobs in world football” and fans would like to see him smile more, says former striker Brian McClair.
Mourinho has seemed unhappy in pre-season – taking aim at players, the club’s lack of new signings and the poor showing in the loss to Liverpool.
“There has to be a balance,” McClair told BBC World Service Sport.
“You should, at some point, look as though you are enjoying it.”
Mourinho left or was sacked from his roles at Real Madrid and twice at Chelsea after the third season and he is entering that period with the Red Devils.
The club won the Europa League and League Cup in his first season, which was followed by a trophyless second, suffering defeat in the FA Cup final against his old club.
During the club’s tour of the US, Mourinho said he was hoping for one signing from the list of five options he gave the club “a few months ago”.
He also said if he was a United fan he would not have paid to watch their friendly matches and the 4-1 International Champions Cup defeat by rivals Liverpool in Ann Arbor “gave me nothing at all”.
The Portuguese boss has a number of World Cup players unavailable, while captain Antonio Valencia’s poor condition was because of “too much holiday” and he “doesn’t know” when winger Anthony Martial will return after leaving the tour to attend the birth of his second child.
United begin their Premier League campaign at home against Leicester next Friday (kick-off 20:00 BST).
McClair said: “It is fine to be critical, upset and happy – Sir Alex had those moments too, but there were several times where he looked very happy.
“Jose maybe enjoys himself internally but from a football point of view, the Manchester United fans would very much welcome to see him smiling and laughing at appropriate times.
“From an opposite view, your great rivals have been Liverpool and they have a coach (Jurgen Klopp) who does laugh and smile and look pleased to be there. That must grate as well at times if you are a United fan.”